Ladbrokes Tip: The McEwen Stakes is a good guide to the Group 1 Manikato Stakes
The McEwen Stakes is a Group 2 sprint race contested at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day in early September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Headlining the day’s action is the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) for Cox Plate hopes, while the McEwen Stakes attracts horses heading towards the carnival’s Group 1 sprint features.
Run over 1000m, the McEwen Stakes is a weight-for-age event offering $200,000 in total prize money and was elevated from a Group 3 event for the 2013/14 season. It makes a nice spring kick-off for horses heading towards features like the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) back at Moonee Valley the following month as well as Flemington’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) held during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Recent winners of the McEwen Stakes – Manikato Stakes double include Chautauqua (2015), Hay List (2010) and Miss Andretti (2006).
The next edition of the McEwen Stakes takes place on Saturday 3rd September, 2016.
McEwen Stakes Field
The McEwen Stakes field attracts a class line-up of early spring sprint types heading towards more lucrative features over similar distance over the coming weeks and months in Melbourne.
Many runners in the McEwen Stakes field will be racing first-up or coming off an earlier run at the track in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m).
In 2014 Angelic Light ran third in the Carlyon Stakes before her McEwen Stakes success. She also went on to run second to Lankan Rupee in that year’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes. Lankan Rupee had run second in both the McEwen Stakes and Moir Stakes before his Manikato win and subsequent third in the Darley Classic.
The following year Chautauqua (2015) won the McEwen Stakes first-up before winning the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington followed by the Manikato Stakes. He also ran second in the Darley Classic that November.
McEwen Stakes nominations close the Monday prior to the race taking place that Saturday followed by the release of the final acceptances and barriers on the Wednesday.
McEwen Stakes Betting & Odds
McEwen Stakes odds are released by bookmakers shortly after the final field and barrier draw is out the Wednesday before the race. Betting is traditionally led by smart sprinters with form at the tight Moonee Valley circuit that have been tested in tougher class.
If racing first-up, those with good records fresh are also dominant in McEwen Stakes betting each spring.
McEwen Stakes Tips
Good McEwen Stakes tips include looking for previous Moonee Valley winners, sprinters that can handle the short 1000m trip and class gallopers that have Group 1 experience from previous campaigns.
McEwen Stakes Form Guide
The McEwen Stakes form guide provides punters with all the must-know information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the runners in the field.
In recent years the McEwen Stakes form has held up in many tougher spring races including the Moire Stakes and Darley Classic.
McEwen Stakes Results
McEwen Stakes in the past decade have been dominated by the class horses in the race, many of which went on to enjoy Group 1 success later that campaign. Upsets still occur however including the win by Kuroshio ($16) in 2013.
Notable recent McEwen Stakes winners include Chautauqua (2015), Buffering (2011), Hay List (2010) and Miss Andretti (2006).
2016 McEwen Stakes Results
|1||6||WILD RAIN||Mark Kavanagh||Stephen Baster||–||2||56.5kg||$5.50|
|2||2||FURNACES||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||1L||3||58.5kg||$7|
|3||8||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||1.1L||8||56.5kg||$2.45F|
|4||5||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||2.1L||7||56.5kg||$5|
|5||4||O’MALLEY||Enver Jusufovic||Craig Newitt||2.2L||6||58.5kg||$15|
|6||9||SHAKESPEAREAN LASS||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||3.45L||5||56.5kg||$51|
|7||3||RELDAS||Robert Smerdon||Chris Parnham||4.2L||1||58.5kg||$18|
|8||7||ALPHA MISS||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||4.95L||4||56.5kg||$15|
McEwen Stakes Winners
|2014||Angelic Light||Lankan Rupee||Eloping||0:57.5|
|2013||Kuroshio||Moment Of Change||General Truce||0:57.8|
|2011||Buffering||Crystal Lily||Atomic Force||0:58.5|
|2010||Hay List||Catapulted||Reward For Effort||0:59.6|
|2009||Nicconi||Morgan Dollar||Secret Flyer||0:57.4|
|2008||Kaphero||Morgan Dollar||Lucky Secret||0:59.4|
|2007||Here De Angels||Gold Edition||Dr Nipandtuck||0:57.4|
|2006||Miss Andretti||Sassbee||Cargo Cult||0:58.8|
|2005||Strikeline||Truly Wicked||Titanic Jack||0:59.8|
|2003||Yell||The Big Chill||Dantana||0:59.6|